The 17 Best Pore Vacuums to Play Dermatologist With

Bonus: They double as stress relief.

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What up, pores? It's been a while since I've tended to you guys, which explains why you're looking rather large and blackhead-laden. I don't want to use my fingers to squeeze and probe at you. A safe and reliable pore cleaning device will do the trick! (You should talk and listen to your skin, haven't you heard?) In all seriousness, pores and blackheads can feel like a mystery. You don't know what's inside of your pores and they have a mind of their own. There are products out there made specifically for shrinking the size of pores and removing blackheads, like cult-loved Biore Pore Strips ($6) and various acids that exfoliate the skin. But if you put aside strips and salicylic acid, the next I'm-not-playing-around skincare step is a pore vacuum, also known as a blackhead removal vacuum.

How do pore vacuums work, exactly?

Pore vacuums remove blackheads in addition to excess oil and build-up. Most devices also feature different modes that lift the skin while penetrating products deeper into your moisture barrier, and dermatologists consider them safe as long as you use the correct settings. These skincare tools can replace costly in-office microdermabrasion treatments and allow you to play derm in your own bathroom, as long as you're ready for whatever emerges from your pores (just don't get too carried away, and always read the instructions!). Before using any device, properly cleanse your skin to prep your pores and pull out a steamer if you have one to open your pores even more—a steamy shower is a cheat code. Ahead, effective pore-cleaning devices for at-home facial feels.

Tatjana Freund
Tatjana Freund

Tatjana Freund is a Beauty Commerce Writer, covering makeup, skincare, and haircare products and trends. She's a fan of vodka tonics and creepy Wikipedia pages.